Two weeks ago, I left my conservative safe space, bought a giant box of chalk, gathered a couple of friends together, and stayed up until 1:30 a.m. chalking pro-Trump messages along the main sidewalks of the EUC.
And let me tell you, it was awesome — in the true sense of the word.
Now, I must note, this idea was not born out of my brilliant mind — I’m very modest, you see. Instead, I was simply furthering a movement hatched at Emory University. At Emory, “Trump 2016” was chalked all over campus; and, because students are wimps, outrage ensued.
Offended students claimed that they felt intimidated, unsafe and unwelcome in an environment that showcased such bigoted statements — remember, the bigotry was a campaign slogan.
Suffice it to say, this story was so outrageous that many mainstream media outlets picked up the story and ran wild with it — like, as fast as Bernie Sanders supporters run from arithmetic and common sense.
Due to the massive coverage of this story, conservative college students from all around the country started following Emory’s lead by chalking pro-Trump messages all over their campuses. Hence, “the chalkening” was born.
And, as a marginalized conservative, I just had to get in the game. Our campus is too liberal, judgmental and thin-skinned to not participate in such a brilliant experiment.
Oh, and the best part of this “tolerance test” is the fact that neither of my two accomplices, nor I, support Donald Trump. I mean, sure, he has great hair and a huge brain, but sadly, I actually care about policy.
Then again, he’d be a far better president than that walking scandal or the faux Robin Hood currently competing for the Democratic nomination.
Nonetheless, the results of our Trump experiment were phenomenal. After all, writing “Trump 2016,” “Build the Wall” and “Make America Great Again” all over the place is sure to have an effect on people.
These simple slogans, crafted by a master of communication, evoke American nostalgia and energize working-class Americans. And while I may disagree with some of the solutions these slogans entail, it is beyond preposterous to claim that they represent hate speech.
The construction of a wall to prevent illegal immigration, human sex trafficking and drug trafficking is a policy position, not an affront to the Hispanic community.
Making America great again is not an allusion to slavery, segregation and the patriarchy; instead, it’s a clear reference to reinvigorating American industries, expanding prosperity and reestablishing traditional family values.
But, thankfully, since our campus is full of such open-minded, respectful people, these messages were understood properly and allowed to avoid defacement and ridicule, right? Wrong.
As it turned out, it didn’t take very long for our chalked messages to be covered in obscenities, pro-Bernie messages and water. I suppose free speech, when you disagree with it, is seldom tolerated on our campus.
Oh, but it gets better. On such high-minded social media sites as Yik Yak and Twitter, fragile souls complained of the unimaginable terror endured on their daily walk to the EUC food court — probably to steal a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A.
Personally, my favorite Yik Yak comment was, “When I see the trump stuff [and] all the wall stuff written in colorful chalk like it’s a joke, it makes me personally feel hated by my campus. Why haven’t they washed it away? Why is [it] okay to spread hate?”
And then a student commented back, “You hate the people who did the Trump writing, not the campus itself. There’s nothing wrong with UNCG on this, rather it’s the students who promote him.”
I just can’t stop smiling. This is just so mind-numbingly stupid.
The campaign slogan of the Republican frontrunner for president is not hate speech. It’s a damn slogan. Get over it.
In fact, the slogan only became offensive when people like this decided to write expletives all over our beautiful artwork. They conveniently forget the fact that there are small children who walk down that path every single day and undoubtedly read your smutty “message.”
Of course, if someone chose to write, “Bernie 2016,” “The Political Revolution” and “Jail Wall Street” on those very same sidewalks, then those messages would have been untouched.
You see, conservatives on this campus don’t mess with liberals’ silly political messages; instead, they accept that other people have incorrect worldviews and are uninformed. Yet, if the reverse happens — as our experiment proved — campus liberals will react with outrage and attempt to squash the message.
To put it bluntly, campus liberals have no conception of free speech. If they don’t like it, you can’t say it.
As one of my friends put it, college students are fragile, like little snowflakes. Well, playing on the metaphor, the world we’re about to enter is like a raging fire, poised to melt that snowflake in an instant.
Unfortunately, our campus more closely resembles a Marxist’s heart — cold, so very cold — and allows the little snowflakes to float safely in the air.
But soon, like really soon, that safe environment will be a distant memory and the harsh reality of life will beckon. I can’t wait.